Natural Hair Recipes for Beginners
Going natural brings out the inner “mixtress” inside us all. Suddenly store bought items are not good enough and need to be replaced with homemade mixes or tweaked with some “good” ingredients. Naturalistas can be found in their kitchens whipping shea butter in their mixer or boiling flax seed to make gel. As a new natural, all of the recipes can seem very complicated. So I’m providing easy recipes for beginners (and seasoned veterans as well). You’ll notice that there are few measurements required, because you can experiment to your liking. It is kind of like Soul Food cooking. No measurements required. You mix with your soul.
Each recipe only requires about two ingredients and can be completed in as little as three easy steps. So whether you want to tweak your shampoo or make your own moisturizer, you will have the knowledge to make some basic mixes.
Hair Cleansers (Shampoo Alternatives)
Did you ever think you could make a product at home to clean your hair? And with only two ingredients? Bentonite Clay Treatments and Apple Cider Vinegar rinses are great ways to not only clean your hair, but to also impart shine.
Bentonite Clay Treatment
A Bentonite Clay Treatment is a great way to clarify the hair. It is also known to make detangling easier, because it slightly loosens the curl pattern. It also results in shiny, luscious hair. Tip: Do a bentonite clay treatment prior to doing a twistout.
Ingredients: Bentonite Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera Juice (optional)
Instructions: Mix the bentontite clay and apple cider vinegar until it reaches a yogurt consistency. Using aloe vera juice will make it more moisturizing, but make sure you add the apple cider vinegar first. Other optional/substitute ingredients include: water, essential oils (i.e. lavender, peppermint), carrier oils (avocado, olive, jojoba). Adding additional ingredients can transform this into a great conditioning treatment.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
An apple cider vinegar rinse is a great way to cleanse the hair. You can rinse as the last step of your shampoo process. Because it closes the cuticle of the hair shaft, it imparts shine and promotes moisture retention. It also kills bacteria on the scalp. Tip: If your scalp feels itchy, place your rinse in a dye applicator bottle and use it on your scalp.
Ingredients: Apple Cider Vinegar, Water
Instructions: Mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water.
Shea Butter and Coconut Oil Mix
Technically butters and oils are not moisturizers, but they seal in moisture. Some naturals mix their own shea butter and coconut oil mix to twist/braid their hair for twistout and braidouts.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil
Instructions: Melt down one container of shea butter and add a cup of melted coconut oil. Mix well and let stand until it hardens. To speed up the process, you can place in the fridge. You can use more or less coconut oil, depending on the consistency you would like for your mix. You can add or substitute your choice of carrier and essential oils.
Water and Aloe Vera Juice Spritz
The best moisturizer for hair is water. Instead of just spritzing your hair with water, add aloe vera juice to pump up the moisturizing capabilities.
Ingredients: Aloe Vera Juice, Water
Instructions: Mix one part Aloe Vera Juice to one part water, shake, and spritz.
Tip: Only mix enough for a few uses or keep in the fridge.
Leave-in Conditioner Spritz
Another option for a daily spritzer is to use a conditioner that you already have under your sink.
Ingredients: Conditioner, Water
Instructions: Add 2-3 tablespoons (more if you’d like) to your spritz bottle, add water, shake, and spritz.
A simple conditioning recipe is to simply tweak your cheapie conditioner by adding some of your favorite essential oils or carrier oils. Tip: If your conditioner does not have enough slip, don”t throw it out. You can add one of your favorite oils to your desired consistency.